how to make raising cane’s special sauce | Family Cuisine

Cane's special sauce is a rich and savory mixture of tomato paste, onion, garlic, bell pepper, celery seed, sugar and vinegar. It is traditionally served over hot dogs with grilled onions and peppers.

Have you ever wondered what makes Raising Cane’s sauce so good? I found the perfect mixture of ingredients to make it at home, and it is seriously the BEST! Perfect as a chicken dipping sauce or to dip your crinkle-cut fries into.

Raising Cane’s Sauce

If you’ve ever had Cane’s chicken fingers, Texas toast, and crinkle-cut fries, you know how good it all is. Those fried chicken tenders are literal perfection and that signature dipping sauce just caps it off perfectly. To say I was obsessed in college would definitely be an understatement.

Since moving to Canada, Raising Canes sauce was one of the things I just really missed (like so much). I decided to set out to make some at home, and was honestly surprised by how small the ingredient list was! It took several tries, but I think I got it pretty close to perfect.

If you’ve been here before (probably to visit our Copycat Taco Bell Quesadilla Sauce recipe), you’ll know we’re all about the sauces, so we take them pretty seriously. I’m super happy with how this one turned out, and I think you’re all going to love it!

A small blue bowl filled with homemade chicken dipping sauce.

How To Make It

It really couldn’t be any simpler to make this copycat sauce at home. Just add all the ingredients to a bowl, mix it all together until it’s smooth, then let is rest in the fridge until the flavors have set. That’s it! So simple.

You could also pulse it in a food processor until it’s totally combined, but I don’t really think it’s worth dirtying an appliance since it’s so easy to mix by hand. I do think the texture might be slightly better and smoother in the food processor though, so it’s totally up to you.

The ingredients for Cane

Let It Rest

A quick note on rest time: It really is critical to let this sauce rest in the refrigerator for as long as you can. 24 hours is the perfect amount of rest time to let all the flavors mingle together, but it will still be good after 6 hours.

If you taste it right away, the sauce won’t taste flavorful enough and you’ll be tempted to add in more seasonings. If you taste it after only an hour or so, the flavors just won’t taste right. So, wait. I know it’s hard, but it’s so worth it!

Which Brands Did I Use?

I try not to specify brands too often in recipes, but since I think it can make a big difference in copycat recipes, here are the brands I used:

  • Mayonnaise: Kirkland (from Costco, but I’ve also tried and like Hellmann’s)
  • Ketchup: Heinz
  • Worcestershire: Lea & Perrins
  • Hot Sauce: Frank’s Original
  • Pepper: Any brand works (just make sure it’s coarse – freshly cracked is best)
  • Garlic Powder: Any brand works (but I do recommend garlic powder over garlic granules)
  • Celery Salt: Any brand works (I actually use a homemade celery salt recipe)
A process collage showing the sauce before and after mixing the ingredients.


There are a couple adaptations that are noted in the recipe card, so feel free to try it how it sounds best to you! I prefer it with less ketchup and some hot sauce added in. I also love a pinch (or two, or three) of celery salt added in because it really next levels this sauce, but it will be delicious with or without it.

If you don’t have celery salt, you could try adding a dash of Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning. Full disclosure: I work with them for other recipes because I absolutely love their spices, but this isn’t a sponsored mention. I just genuinely love it and think it tastes great here.

Dipping a chicken tender in an easy to make Cane

Keep In Touch

I’d love to hear what you thought of this recipe in the comments or on Instagram! @KeyToMyLime #KeyToMyLime

A Pinterest pin image with two pictures of Raising Cane

Sauce Recipes

If you like this recipe, be sure to check out our entire sauce recipe section! We’re all about the sauces here, and they’re probably the thing we make the most, so I’m sure you’ll find something you love. Some reader favorites are:

  • Copycat Taco Bell Quesadilla Sauce
  • Copycat Pollo Tropical Cilantro Garlic Sauce
  • Spicy Ranch

The next time you’re looking for an amazing sauce to dip your fried chicken or chicken tenders in, try making homemade Raising Cane’s Sauce!

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